Maryland State Police Issue Statement About Criminal Investigation Into Police Trainee Shooting

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“This statement is issued in response to inquiries regarding the status and scope of the Maryland State Police investigation into the shooting that occurred February 12, 2013 in Owings Mills, during a Baltimore Police Academy training exercise,”  Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said in a statement.

“This criminal investigation is being conducted by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit, which also conducts criminal investigations into all police shootings involving Maryland state troopers and allied police departments when requested. Homicide Unit investigators are being assisted by State Police investigators from the Criminal Investigation Bureau and crime scene technicians and scientists from the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division.

State Police investigators have conducted and are continuing to conduct interviews with persons who were at the shooting scene, as well as anyone who may have information related to what occurred. In addition, evidence collected from the scene will be analyzed and reviewed in an effort to corroborate witness information. State Police investigators are receiving full cooperation from Baltimore Police Department personnel.

The Maryland State Police investigation is being conducted as a criminal investigation with the purpose of determining if a crime occurred and who was responsible for that crime. The Maryland State Police is not conducting an administrative investigation. An administrative investigation examines the adherence of personnel to department policies and procedures.

Maryland State Police investigators will conduct a thorough, detailed, and appropriate criminal investigation. As a result, a prediction of when the criminal investigation will be complete cannot be made. Based on the circumstances known at this point, there is no doubt the criminal investigation will take at least weeks.

When the State Police criminal investigation is complete, it will be forwarded to the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office for review. That office will determine any action taken based on the results of the criminal investigation.

To maintain the integrity of this criminal investigation, the Maryland State Police will not make further public comment or provide developing details as the investigation progresses. This is State Police policy regarding ongoing criminal investigations.”

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